There are fears that further anti-lockdown marches will be held across Melbourne in the days to come after three protesters were detained yesterday after clashes with police.
During the demonstration a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old man both from Broadmeadows and a 17-year-old Craigieburn boy were arrested. The arrests come in the midst of rising public outrage over the strict lockdown by the state government.
Premier Daniel Andrews is under pressure to set a timetable for the state’s pandemic recovery as the Melbourne stage four restrictions are scheduled to be lifted in two weeks ‘ time.
Victoria Police said they won’t allow any public meetings that violate the chief medical officer’s public health orders.
The three men have been arrested in the area of Roxburgh Park and fines will be imposed for violating the stay-at – home orders of the chief health officer as well as traffic-related offences.
Masked demonstrators from a party calling themselves the ‘Resistance’ lock-down yesterday even challenged police in Melbourne’s Meadow Heights. Some were wearing masks in the style of ‘Guy Fawkes’ as they were brandishing flares.
In the afternoon scores of protesters were throwing flares and rocks at officers along Pascoe Vale Lane.
During the rally police officers drew pepper spray.